FROSTBURG, MD —
Freshman Ryan Abels ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns, while fellow freshman Eric Daniels added 57 rushing yards and two more scores to lead visiting Waynesburg to a 28-7 win over Frostburg State Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets, ranked 20th in the D3football.com poll and receiving 73 votes in the American Football Coaches Associaton (AFCA) poll, won their sixth in a row to improve to 8-1. The Bobcats lost for the third time in four weeks to fall to 3-5.
Waynesburg got on the board first when Abels scored from a yard out with 1:49 left in the first quarter.
The Yellow Jackets got excellent field position when freshman linebacker Andy Tenney forced a fumble by Bobcat junior running back Mike Kitchen (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon), which Yellow Jacket junior Matt Harnish recovered at the FSU 19.
Six plays later, Abels took a sweep to the right side and outraced several Bobcat defenders into the far right corner of the end zone.
Waynesburg opened a 14-0 lead when Abels worked his way through traffic and raced down the middle of the field for a 38-yard score with 13:06 left in the half.
Frostburg State looked to answer on the ensuing possession and moved to the Yellow Jacket 23, but senior quarterback Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C.Milton Wright) was dropped for a two-yard loss on a fourth-and-three play.
The Bobcats got solid field position on its next drive, taking over at their 43. Freshman Bobby Alkire (Lonaconing, Md./Westmar) entered the game and completed a 17-yard pass before adding two rushes for four more yards to help move FSU to the Waynesburg 31.
However, the Yellow Jackets dropped senior Ed Kearney (Owings Mills, Md./Calvert Hall) for another two-yard loss on fourth-and-one and took a 14-0 lead into halftime.
Frostburg State received a boost from its defense to open the second half as the Bobcats held on fourth down at their 37.
Sophomore wide receiver Jason McLaughlin (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) then went into action, gaining 16 yards on an end-around before catching passes of six and 11 yards.
Burrough then connected with senior Roy Olson (Lexington Park, Md./Great Mills) for a 25-yard gain before Kitchen bulled his way in from three yards out to cut FSU's deficit to 14-7 with 8:17 left in the third.
The momentum seemed to be turning after the Bobcat defense forced another punt, but Waynesburg caught another break when McLaughlin fumbled the punt return and Yellow Jacket sophomore Justin Delaini recovered at the FSU 26.
Abels gained three and nine yards on consecutive runs before junior Paul D'Imperio made a beautiful leaping catch of a pass from junior Jeff Dumm along the sideline at the FSU one.
Waynesburg caught yet another break two plays later when Abels recovered his own fumble at the Bobcat two. Daniels raced around the left side on the next play for his first score of the afternoon to give the Yellow Jackets a 21-7 advantage with 1:36 left in the third.
The Bobcats came out firing quickly on their next drive, as Burrough hit McLaughlin for 15- and 11-yard gains to help FSU move to the Waynesburg 35. However, Burrough's pass over the middle was picked off by Yellow Jacket senior Sean Ross at the WC 20 to end the threat.
Waynesburg capped the scoring with 8:59 left in the game when Daniels ran in from five yards. The touchdown was set up by an interception by freshman Anthony Taylor at the FSU 39.
Dumm finished 14-of-23 passing for 171 yards, while sophomore Ivan Hawkins had seven catches for a game-high 93 yards.
Burrough completed 10-of-19 passes for 112 yards but was picked off twice. Kitchen had 18 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Tenney led the Yellow Jacket defense with 10 tackles, including two for loss, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.
Bobcat junior Kevin Culbert (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) had a stellar day with 17 tackles, including eight solo stops, eight for loss and 3.5 sacks. Sophomore Chris Lentz (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) added a career-high 15 tackles.
FSU was just 3-of-11 on third down and committed four turnovers, while Waynesburg converted 9-of-19 third-down attempts and had no turnovers.
Waynesburg will look to win the Presidents Athletic Conference title outright when it hosts Westminster next Saturday at 1:30, while Frostburg State will battle state rival and nationally ranked Salisbury in the Fifth Annual Regents Cup Game at Towson University's Unitas Stadium at 7:00.
The winner will also claim the Atlantic Central Football Conference title.
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303